Friday, June 10, 2011

And Where do You "Where To?": The Ice-T and Coco Wedding Vows Renewal edition

Last Friday, June 3rd, I headed to the W Hotel Hollywood for Ice-T and Coco’s red carpet wedding vows renewal ceremony. These two lovebirds (pictured to the left) were decked in all white attire and appeared intensely in love, serenely delighted to celebrate ten years of marriage. They briefly – and I mean briefly – paused to pose for cameras before rushing right into the ceremony, so I unfortunately didn’t get to speak with them directly. However, I did have the chance to speak with some of the guests, who ranged from family members to colorful personalities like Archbishop Don Juan, the event’s officiator.

In my conversations with these guests, two things struck me the most:

Number one. Each and every person gushed about how strong the love between Ice-T and Coco is. As someone who’s only familiar with Coco from her racy photos in the blog world and with Ice-T from the West Coast music scene and his Law & Order: Special Victims Unit appearances, I’ll admit that I don’t know much about either one of them, let alone their personal relationship. So I was really impressed to hear all of the kind words that guests used to passionately described their marriage.

Number two. In true Wilson’s Guide fashion, I quizzed everyone on their favorite hang out destinations, and many Hollywood and West Hollywood venues made the cut. It’s always interesting to find out which part of Los Angeles people prefer to play.

So read on to see where these lovebirds’ family members and socialites chill, and to hear some of the humorous insights on life they had to offer. Also tune in to the E! Channel to watch the new reality show Ice Loves Coco, starting this Sunday, June 12th, 10:30 PST. Coverage from their wedding vows renewal will be in one episode.

Shout out to Ice-T and Coco for making it ten years, especially in a city where the divorce rate is estimated to be as high as 70%. May you celebrate another ten years, again and again!

- Miss Wilson

P.s. - a BIG THANKS to Miss Tulani for taking such great photos. Follow her on Twitter at @ms2lany!

Little T (Ice-T’s 18-year old son. If only I were about ten years younger. Seriously.)
Where he “Where To’s” in LA: “I like to go to The Grove. I like sushi so I go to Katsuya a lot. I go to Versailles and of course Wing Stop.”

Why he was excited for this ceremony: “It’s a lot of fun because I’ve seen so many people that I haven’t seen in years, and it’s like this is the first time when everyone from both sides of the family have actually come together.”

Tina Austin (Coco’s lovely mother. Such a sweet lady.)
Where she “Where To’s” in LA: “It’s been a while since I’ve been out here, but we did go to Boa last night. Need I say more? It’s fabulous. I would say go there.”

Her thoughts on the ceremony: “I’m thrilled. I couldn’t be more happy. I missed the wedding because they eloped. They said, ‘we’ll renew our vows where everyone can see’ – ten years later [she laughs]. But they love each other like the kind of love you don’t see very often, and they talk about everything. They honestly admire each other and I admire that he’s [Ice-T] very soft. A lot of people don’t know that about him.”


Tommy “Tiny” Lister (Talented actor with decades of experience, and of course, Deebo from Friday and Next Friday.)
Where he “Where To’s” in LA: “9200 Sunset. Boa. That’s my place. I’m with Abrams [Abrams Artist Agency] on the 11th floor, so everything is 9200 Sunset with me. My manager Sydney Cowan takes me to SoHo. Everything is 9200 Sunset. That white Bentley of mine looks real good pulling up at that address.”

On his friendship with Ice-T: “I’ve done five films with Ice-T and he done slapped me upside the head for about three of them. We did a movie called Body Count with me, him and Alyssa Milano. I couldn’t get nothing right, so he slapped me upside the head. You can trust that together with Ice Cube and Ice-T, it’s a good time for me. Ice Cube and Ice-T is two of my favorite people. I had to be here for my boy.”


To-Tam & To-Nya Sachika (The Sachika Twins. Celebrity fashion designers and good friends with Coco.)
Where they “Where To" in LA ... and NYC:

To-Tam: Drai’s is good.

To-Nya: I have to admit if you know any other places that are better, we’d love to know [laughs]. Now in New York, I could tell you hands down everything.

To-Tam: In New York, there’s so many places. All the hotels are nice. The Standard Hotel is great. Empire Hotel is great as well.

To-Nya: The smaller clubs are better in New York.

To-Tam: The Zanzibar.

To-Nya: Restaurant-wise, I love Abe & Arthur’s in the Meat-packing [District]. It’s a really, really good restaurant. Bagatelle, a French restaurant in the Meat-packing, is also really good. Del Frisco’s is a good restaurant. It’s a steakhouse.

To-Tam: We love eating.

To-Nya: And we love art. And I think for me, food can be cooking or a culinary art. It's just an art.

What fashion articles every woman should have in her closet: To-Tam: “The little black dress that can be transformed for daytime or nighttime. The perfect blazer to wear a little tank top or have boots on, giving you a little edge and classiness. And of course the perfect pair of jeans. So important. You can wear them anywhere, all the time. You look young, comfortable. It’s the one piece that goes anywhere.”

Archbishop Don "Magic" Juan (There's just so much to see on him, from head to toe, hand to hand, arm to arm.)
Where he “Where To’s” in LA: “Usually I’m fellowshipping with Snoop Dogg. We just sit over at the Doggy Den while he makes music. We just sit up and chop up some game and entertain one another. Chuuuch.”

On his infamous cup and how to get one: “Well here, this is just the royal chalice, my personal glass. Also I have my royal staff, you know what I mean, and I have my royal Bible. And we have females here for better living. Debbie the Glass Lady made my glass and the glasses for Lil Jon, Snoop Dogg and Pamela Anderson. I gave Pamela one personally, and I’d been wanting to present Snoop with one for the first time. Once he got it, everybody seen and wanted one. But you just order it from the lady. And if you a personal friend of mine or there's something we did together, then I would get you one.”

Tila Tequila (Who could ever forget her wild reality show A Shot of Love with Tila Tequila?)
Where she “Where To’s” in LA: Miceli’s. It’s this Italian spot in Studio City. When you go there, you have amazing Italian food, but it’s also like American Idol. They have all these singers who are like [she demonstrates, singing in an opera voice]. They put on this fantastic show. I’m surprised not many more people know about it, but it’s a lot of fun. It’s a great environment for when you’re having dinner…But sometimes when you’re trying to have a conversation and they’re all up in your ear, you’re like ‘Hey, shut up a little bit’ [she laughs].”

Advice for a successful relationship: “I think you need to be able to first of all trust each other, but also allow each other to be your individual selves. You shouldn’t be co-dependent of each other. If somebody wants to do this, you have to support them. Otherwise, you feel suffocated and they start to stray, cheat, things get boring. I’ve settled down quite a bit. I’m seeing someone right now and looking forward to starting my own family soon. You just go with the flow and right now I feel like that motherhood sounds really nice. It’s been calling my name.”

Marc Live (Ice-T’s longtime friend, business partner and creator of the new reality show, Ice Loves Coco.)
Where he “Where To’s” in LA: “I like Geisha House. I love the W [Hotel Hollywood]. It’s fabulous. And when I’m in LA, I’m a burger and hot dog guy, so I love Carney’s. And my favorite nightspot is The Standard on Sunset.”

What to expect in Ice Loves Coco: “I’ve been with Ice for 17 years, producing his records, on stage with him. There’s a lot of me in the show having relationship problems, and Ice and Coco giving me ideas and letting me know what and what not to do. And there’s a brand new song that she’s doing. It’s just a lot funny stuff with Spartacus their dog, and a lot of interesting stuff. It’s hard because I don’t want to give anything away, but you will love it. It’s like no reality show you’ve seen. A lot of glamour, a lot of glitz, a lot of cars, a lot of reality, a lot of truth. It’s a great, great show.”

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